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3.0 out of 5 stars Margaret Rutherford's Miss Marple, 11 Sept. 2009
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This review is from: Agatha Christie's Miss Marple Collection - Murder she Said / Murder Ahoy / Murder At The Gallop / Murder Most Foul (4 Discs) (Box Set) (DVD) [2004] (DVD)
Surely Margaret Rutherford must have been the most miscast Jane Marple ever! But such was the force of her screen presence and personality that she made it work. Many of the films she made were only of average quality but she transformed them and they are still worth watching today, nearly 40 years after her death simply because of her presence.

Used often in character parts (in which she mercilessly upstaged any film star rash enough to appear with her--think, for example of The VIPs)she is the undoubted star of these four films. There are two additional bonuses the first being the jaunty, foot tapping music of Ron Goodwin. The second is the opportunity to view many great British actors 'slumming it' (as some might think)back in the 1960s: Lionel Jeffries, Miles Malleson,Flora Robson, Robert Morley, Ron Moody, Muriel Pavlov and James Robertson Justice to name but a few.

Probably not worth getting if you are not a Rutherford fan but definitely worth seeing again if you are. Good quality copies (all the films are black and white) but there is very little information provided; even the casts are not listed on the individual CDs Julian Mincham
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2011 08:08:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Dec 2011 08:10:45 GMT
Retina says:
Dear J. Mincham,

congratulations and thanks for your both succint and informative review. Unfortunately, "there is very little information provided". May I ask you whether copies are English subtitled?

Thanks again,

Retina

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2011 10:01:23 GMT
J. Mincham says:
Hi Retina

When I get a moment I will check this out for you. Cheers Julian.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2011 20:45:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2011 20:45:58 GMT
Retina says:
Dear Julian,

Thanks for getting back so soon.

Retina

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2011 09:42:01 GMT
J. Mincham says:
I do apologise for the delay but i have been away and not had access to my DVDs. However I have had a look now and it says on the box that subtitles are in English, German, danish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish,Portugese, Romanian, Swedish and Turkish!

Wot, no Russian?? Cheers Julian.

Posted on 10 Jan 2013 18:19:40 GMT
Udeen says:
Very fair review. Your point about Margaret Rutherford transforming decidedly average films certainly applies here. I also agree with you about the music, which is irresistible.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2014 15:05:57 BDT
Aletheuon says:
Hmmm. Did J Mincham write the wikipedia entries on Margaret Rutherford?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2014 16:42:35 BDT
J. Mincham says:
No he certainly did not! J mincham

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2014 18:26:12 BDT
Aletheuon says:
That's what I thought.

Posted on 14 Feb 2016 17:50:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2016 17:52:47 GMT
Uriah Piddle says:
FYI, Christie dedicated her book 'The Mirror Crack'd' to Rutherford -- 'in admiration'.
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